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Landmark anti-SLAPP ruling

Representing the Rutland Herald, Matthew B. Byrne obtain dismissal and the first-ever award of attorneys’ fees by a Vermont state court under Vermont’s anti-SLAPP law. The Vermont General Assembly enacted the anti-SLAPP statute to protect the exercise of First Amendment rights. After the Vermont Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of the claim, the Vermont Superior Court entered an order awarding the Rutland Herald the attorneys’ fees it had incurred in defending the action.

Pauline Law to Begin Term as District Representative for Vermont and Maine for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division

Beginning on September 1, 2016, Pauline will serve as a District Representative to the governing council of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. The ABA Young Lawyers Division is the largest young lawyer organization in the world, with over 150,000 members. Pauline will represent both Vermont and Maine as a voting member of the council.

Gravel & Shea First Amendment Lawyer Interviewed on Vermont Public Radio

Bob Hemley, who regularly represents the print media in Vermont, was invited by Vermont Public Radio to share his views about the Burlington Police Chief’s criticism of newspaper publications of stories about a rape at the Vermont District Court in Burlington. The interview aired on the VPR show “All Things Considered” on October 27, 2015. You can listen to the interview here.